Kim Kotary

Kim K.

8 Reviews
Ridgewood, NY

About Kim K.

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Kim teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: March 1984
Last sign in: Yesterday
Average response time: 6 hours


Teaching is a wonderful extension of my work as a professional crochet and knit designer and technical editor. A web search will reveal some of my published work over the last decade. As a craft teacher in the NYC area for over 7 years, I have worked with individuals, groups and classes of all ages and skill levels. Most of my experience focuses on working with older adults and people with special needs. Minors must have a supervising adult present. I do not work with groups of young children.

I have studied the history and mastered the skills to make and teach a vast variety of textile techniques. Please see my experience.

Private and group lessons or classes are provided in locations around the NYC area, in my space or via webcam. My focus is on providing an entertaining, relaxing and enjoyable experience as you learn a leisure time activity. I am extremely patient and detail oriented. When you let me know what you would like to learn or make, I will guide you through everything from selecting materials to fine tuning your technique. Take a lesson with me to find out why my students love me.

If you are using this site without the assistance of a TL Rep, I recommend the schedule as you go option. I often have openings in my calendar sooner than the site allows. After we make contact, we can choose the best date and time.

For creative people and makers, crafting is like going to the gym. You will find great fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment if you set aside time on a regular basis to nurture this very important part of what makes you who you are. Think of me like a personal trainer. I will encourage and inspire you while you develop your skills and express yourself through a variety of physical media.

*** Lesson Details ***
Please let me know what you would like to learn or make before your lesson so that we may be fully prepared with any materials, tools, equipment, books or handouts.

Minimum duration for in-person lessons is 90 minutes. A surcharge may be added for travel outside of areas accessible by one MTA fare or expected travel time exceeding 90 minutes.

Minimum duration for lessons via webcam is 45 minutes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sewing machine
Knitting machine-bulky gauge
Ironing board and Iron
Cutting mat
and other miscellaneous craft tools, equipment and supplies.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Knitting needles, crochet hooks, stitch holders, scissors, knitting looms, glue guns, darning needles, sewing needles and thread and other miscellaneous crafting tools and supplies. I will travel with my sewing machine if cab fare is provided in both directions.

*** Specialties ***
Textile based crafts including crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing, patchwork, plastic canvas, needlepoint, counted cross stitch, bobbin lace, historic textile and costume conservation and storage, and more.

I also love to research and develop craft projects for classes or master techniques students would like to learn.

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Beginner Crochet Lesson


Instructor Oct 2014 - Present
Community College

8 week Continuing Education Intermediate Crochet Course

Craft Teacher Apr 2014 - Present

"In Stitches...with Kim K"
learn, practice and share your Crochet, Knitting and Sewing skills in a fun and caring atmosphere. Make things for yourself, gifts for friends and family, or charity items. Get help with your own projects and learn new skills. But, most of all - be inspired, feed your creativity and meet some new friends. Tools and materials will be provided to work on projects at the center, or bring your own that you can work on at home. Upcoming projects will be selected and announced in class at least one week ahead.

Hacemos las puntadas en Espanol, tambien.

Kim K is a profession craft instructor with over seven years experience working with older adults. Students often comment on Kim's kind and patient teaching style. She is also a published crochet and knit designer, technical editor and CYC certified instructor. Google her to see some of Kim's work.

Director: Leslie McCalla

Textile Conservator Jan 2013 - Present
Kim K.

Textile conservator in private practice. My experience includes work on one of the largest privately held collections of kimonos in America. I restored the embroidery and stabilized areas of loss on kimonos averaging 150 years old.

I have also restored areas of loss and stabilized crocheted family heirlooms averaging 50 years old including lace tablecloths and afghans.

Photos are available upon request.

Craft Teacher Oct 2008 - Present

Teach full day craft programs at libraries several times each year. Participants craft items that are donated to organizations like Head start and battered women's shelters.

Craft Teacher Sep 2007 - Present
Adult Day Care

Provide crafting activities for adults with special needs and a variety of skill levels.

Openings are currently available for afternoon and evening programs.

Crochet & Knit Teacher Jul 2007 - Present

I have taught classes for various businesses and organizations

Craft teacher Jul 2007 - Present

Provide weekly craft classes free to anyone over age 55.
We currently rotate between knitting, crochet and sewing. The first hour of our class we have a group lesson or work on a group project. The second hour of our class is independent work time where anyone can get help with any project that interests them.

Tools and materials are provided to work on projects in class. If materials are provided, only completed projects may be taken home. If you want to work on your project at home, you must provide your own tools and materials.

Freelance Crochet and Knit Professional Jun 2002 - Present
Kim K.

As a professional crochet and knit designer, I have designed, constructed and written patterns for more designs than I can count. I have worked with Vogue Knitting, Crochet Today, Your Knitting Life, Interweave Crochet, Family Circle, Knit 1, Crochet!, Crochet World and other magazines; Coats and Clark, Lion Brand, Caron and other yarn companies; Soho Publishing, Annie's Attic, Dynamic Resources Group (DRG), American School of Needlework, Leisure Arts and other publishing companies.

I have also worked as a technical editor in both crochet and knit for Soho Publishing, Crochet Today, Lion Brand, Interweave Crochet and private designers.

Assistant Workroom Supervisor Mar 2003 - Mar 2005
Penn & Fletcher

Supervised and worked with 8-12 embroidery artisans to produce high end embroidery for interior designers, theater costume and film. My personal work can be seen in "The Aviator" and "Memoirs of a Geisha," among others. My skills include hand embroidery and tambour work.

Photos of select work available upon request.

Museum Curator Jul 1994 - Aug 2000
Madison County Historical Society

My responsibilities included educational outreach programs, collections management, giving tours of an historic house museum, managing gift shop, research assistance, fund raising, grant writing, special event coordination, public relations, development, recruiting and supervising volunteers and interns, and general day-to-day management.


MA in Museum Studies: Costume and Textile Conservation and Curation Aug 2000 - May 2002
Fashion Institute of Technology
BS in History with minors in French and Political Science Aug 1990 - May 1994
The King's College

Languages Spoken

Spanish Limited Proficiency


Master Crocheter Sep 2012
Crochet Guild of America

Certified Instructor Sep 2007
Craft Yarn Council

Completed certified instructor programs in both crochet and knit.

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8 Reviews on Kim K.

Nirav P. Mar 29, 2015
Crafts · Online
Kathryn P. Mar 24, 2015
Crocheting · Online
Verified Student
Fantastic teacher, I highly recommend! She was really helpful, and I learned way faster than I expected to!
Deb S. Mar 24, 2015
Knitting · Online
Verified Student
I had my first lesson with Kim and am so tickled to be able to learn from her via Skype. She was able to clear up every question I had; brainstormed with me as to how to alter a pattern since the yarn I was using did not fit the gauge; and generally made me feel at ease. I'm looking forward to having future lessons with the ever-so- patient Kim! If you have taken knitting classes in a group and been disappointed, this style of one-on-one interaction will feel sublime! Can't recommend her enough!
Wendy Z. Feb 28, 2015
Knitting · In home
Verified Student
She is THE BEST!!!!
Joan R. Feb 26, 2015
Crocheting · Online
Verified Student
Kim is a wonderfully patient and great, sweet teacher. I enjoyed my first class very much and look forward to advancing with her.
Kimberly K. Feb 13, 2015
Crocheting · In home
Verified Student
This instructor surpassed my expectations. She should be teaching an entire class at FIT or Pratt because she is incredibly knowledgeable, skilled, patient and thorough. She is also responsible and clearly very passionate. She is interesting and after having sessions w/ Kim she has definitely sparked my interest in continuing and improving. Kim could probably teach physics to a monkey she is that good!
Linda E. Nov 21, 2014
Crocheting · Online
Verified Student
Outstanding, knowledgeable, patient instructor! I LUCKED OUT! She's is the best and I am already, confidently knitting a scarf. I love this class and Kim made all the difference. Her costs are very reasonable and she is very reliable. If u r looking for an outstanding instructor, she's the one!
Kim A. Sep 2, 2014
Crochet · Online
Verified Student
Kim is very patient and a great teacher. I didn't know how this online learning experience would work but it does work well. With my iPad I can see what she is doing and she can see me while I do it and gives constructive criticism while I work. Mistakes can be corrected promptly before bad habits set in. This has been a great learning experience for me. So glad I found me a good teacher!